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December 16, 1922


JAMA. 1922;79(25):2099-2100. doi:10.1001/jama.1922.02640250053025

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Suit Brought for Error in Diagnosis  The correctional tribunal of Evreux rendered a decision in a case brought against Dr. Vallet of Vernon for an error in diagnosis which, it was asserted, resulted in homicide. In the early part of 1921, a war widow, about 40, presented herself at the office of Dr. Vallet during his consultation hour. Vallet's first assumption was that the patient was pregnant. But the patient affected to be slandered by this diagnosis, the incorrectness of which she asserted she could prove. Unfortunately, the surgeon allowed himself to be convinced by the alleged proofs, and after reexamining the patient diagnosed a fibroma requiring surgical intervention. During the course of the operation the truth was revealed. The woman was pregnant, and Dr. Vallet decided at once to perform a cesarean operation. The child was saved, but a few hours later, the mother had an internal hemorrhage and

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